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Carey’s work has been published in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Politico, The Guardian, The Nation, American Theatre Magazine, Dame Magazine and numerous other publications. Read more.

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Published: Tristan Bernays and Kate Hamill on Finding New Modern-Day Meaning in Gothic Horror

Originally published on TheaterMania View this story online Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Bram Stoker’s Dracula share much in common. Their titles are often uttered in the same breath, both are considered classic works of Gothic horror, and each has inspired seemingly countless adaptations for … Continue reading


Published: 5 Shows That Spotlight Great Women in History

Originally published on TDF Stages View this story online  Harriet Tubman, Nellie Bly and Molly Brown are just a handful of the sheroes being celebrated on New York stages — When I was asked to write a book about the … Continue reading


Review: Medea

The fires of rage in Medea burn hot, but in Simon Stone’s new adaptation, all we see are the ashes. Stone’s modern-day reworking of Euripides’ familial tragedy about an enraged woman who murders her children offers a more clinical, scientific scrutiny … Continue reading


Review: Cyrano

“A great nose may be an index of a great soul,” Edmund Rostand wrote in Cyrano de Bergerac. When considering the latest adaptation of this popular tale of love and tragedy, which pointedly lacks a notable physical element of the … Continue reading


Review: Peter and the Wolf

“Breathe, everybody,” Isaac Mizrahi urged the audience before beginning the day’s second performance of Peter and the Wolf.  The intimate in-house theater proved to be a fitting venue for this exuberantly festive production of Sergei Prokofiev’s 1936 composition. Mizrahi’s invitation … Continue reading


Published: A Rare Chance to See One of the First Immersive Works of Theatre

Originally published on TDF Stages View this story online María Irene Fornés’ Fefu and Her Friends is finally being revived after four-plus decades — Like many admirers of María Irene Fornés’ rarely performed masterpiece, director Lileana Blain-Cruz discovered Fefu and Her Friends in school. However, unlike many … Continue reading


Published: Why Bedlam’s The Crucible Will Surprise You

Originally published on TDF Stages View this story online  The lauded theatre company puts its singular stamp on the Arthur Miller classic — Even before it begins, Bedlam’s take on Arthur Miller’s The Crucible is meant to jar. The sparse Connelly Theater … Continue reading


Interview: Sylvia Khoury and Tyne Rafaeli Make Global Trauma Personal in Power Strip

Originally published on Theatermania View this story online  Calling Sylvia Khoury busy is an understatement. The fourth-year medical student is also a playwright with two productions opening during the 2019-20 season. Both works tackle hard-hitting political topics, exploring them through … Continue reading